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About the show

Following a hugely successful sold-out UK Tour, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s satirical play The Wipers Times transferred to the Arts Theatre in London’s West End in spring 2017. With performances having run from Tuesday 21st March 2017, The Wipers Times had an official opening on Monday 27th March 2017.

The Wipers Times is Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s magnificent stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film of the same name. Based on the extraordinary true story of the men who created a satirical newspaper amongst the chaos and destruction of the Somme, The Wipers Times is intersected with hilarious sketches and spoofs from the brilliant imaginations of those on the front line.

This forgotten true story uncovers the remarkable black humour of World War I, while still feeling unbelievable fresh, funny and moving.

The play follows two army officers who discover a printing press in a destroyed building during the First World War in the town of Ypres (wrongly assumed to be pronounced by the soldiers as Wipers).

Instead of using the press to print a bleak account of life in the mud of the trenches, the men instead set about creating an resolutely cheery, subversive and hilarious newspaper with the sole purpose of keeping the men’s spirits high on the frontline.

While the enemies dropped bombs, gassed their trenches and the general disapproved, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years. The Wipers Times acts a brilliant tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming bleakness and adversity.

Kevin Brewser starred as Henderson, alongside James Dutton as Roberts, George Kemp as Pearson, Jake Morgan as Barnes and Dan Tetsell and General Mitford. The Wipers Times was directed by Caroline Leslie (Port, Ivanov & Little Women).

The Wipers Times is written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Hislop is best known for being the long-running editor of the British satirical magazine, Private Eye as well as being a team captain on the much-loved BBC TV Show Have I Got News for You.

Nick Newman has worked with Hislop on a wide range of comedy projects, including writing for Maureen Lipman and Dawn French. The pair have also written sketches for The Harry Enfield Show and the BBC Radio 4 satire Gush.

The Wipers Times was one of the funniest new shows to open in the West End in 2017 and was not to be missed by those who love sharp and witty satire. The Wipers Times began performances at the Arts Theatre on 21st March 2017 and ran until 13 May 2017.

Recommended for

The Wipers Times is perfect for anyone who loves sharp and witty political satires. Fans on Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and their huge catalogue of comedy work on everything from Spitting Image to The Harry Enfield show should definitely ensure to get tickets for this hilarious new show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for ages 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 21 Mar 2017
Press night: 27 Mar 2017
Booking from: 12 May 2017
Booking until: 13 May 2017

Location and map

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London, WC2H 7JB

8 Reviews Add review

aredhelalcarin 59 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The show was excellent with good writing, acting and set.

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 589 helpful votes

The show was excellent and the acting was first class.

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 589 helpful votes

Excellent thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

gillianclarke 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really, really enjoyed this play!

richardculverhouse 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Very well acted and produced. Set and staging very well managed.

keithmorley 1 review, 0 helpful votes


sheiladavies 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant show, atmospherics so believable, great cast. Highly recommend this show.

gillianclarke 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes